Stolen Motorhomes Recovered by Police After Dramatic Pursuit

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Two stolen motorhomes have been returned to their owner after the suspected thieves were apprehended by Roads Policing Unit (RPU) officers.

The incident began with a break-in reported at a commercial premises in Lower Dicker, near Hailsham, at about 10:35 pm on Thursday, June 6. Specialist RPU officers from Sussex Police and Kent Police were quickly mobilized to track down the stolen vehicles.

The first vehicle was intercepted on the A228 traveling eastbound, while the second was stopped on the M25 at junction 3 in Swanley. The latter stop followed a pursuit during which the driver of the motorhome caused damage to a Kent Police vehicle.

Two men were arrested in connection with the incident. Following an investigation by the Eastbourne Response Investigation Team A (RIT), a total of nine charges were filed against the two suspects.

Sussex Police confirmed that Richard Pollard, 37, of no fixed address, was charged with theft of a motor vehicle, driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence, driving without valid insurance, and criminal damage.

Steven Songhurst, 40, also of no fixed address, was charged with driving while unfit through drugs, theft of a motor vehicle, driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence, driving without valid insurance, criminal damage, and failing to provide a specimen of blood for analysis.

Both men appeared before Brighton Magistrates’ Court on June 8 and were remanded in custody. They are scheduled to reappear in court on July 5 to answer the charges.

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